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What does Robert mean?

Robert \r(o)-be-rt\ as a boys' name is pronounced RAH-bert. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Robert is "bright fame". A favorite name for boys since the Middle Ages. Especially favored by the Scots due to 14th-century King Robert the Bruce and to poet Robert Burns. Name of an 11th-century Duke of Normandy who was also a Crusader. Roberto is a Latin form of the name. Senator Robert Kennedy; poet Robert Burns; actors Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Rob Schneider; author Robert Lawson; General Robert E. Lee; author Robert Ludlum; baseball players Roberto Alomar, Roberto Clemente.


Robert has 30 variants: Bert, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Rab, Rabbie, Riobard, Rip, Rob, Roban, Robb, Robben, Robbie, Robbin, Robbins, Robbinson, Robby, Robers, Roberto, Robertson, Robi, Robin, Robinson, Robson, Robyn, Robynson, Rupert, Ruperto and Ruprecht.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Bo, Dobbs, Hobbes and Hopkins.

Robert has 2 more related variations via Bruce: Brucey and Brucie.

Robert has 2 feminine forms: Roberta and Robin.


Robert is a very popular first name for men (#3 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2730 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Robert for boys. Robert reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #61 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Robert name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Robert outside U.S.

Popular alternative forms of Robert (#61 the previous year) are Roberto (#343 the previous year), Bruce (#401), Bo (#638), Bobby (#752), Robby, Rupert, Robin, Robbie, Rob, Bertie, Bob, Bobbie, Bert and Robb. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5461%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.187%, down 65.8%), with forms like Bobby, Bob, Bobbie, Robb and Bertie falling out of fashion. Bo (#638) and Roberto (#343) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns among these. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Robert and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bert, Bertie, Bo, Bob, Bobbie, Bobby, Bruce, Rob, Robb, Robbie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Robby, Robert, Roberto, Robin, Rupert in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bobby, Robbie, Robert, Robin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Hobert and Roxbert. These names tend to be less commonly used than Robert.